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Daehawk
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« on: March 12, 2010, 02:37:33 AM »

Anyone know why a car's instrument panel won't light up but the needles do? Are there seperate bulbs for the needles and the face or back lighting? Should I just call up the Ford place and ask about prices. I'd hate to have them charge me for a simple bulb replacement if it's simple. I don't know if it matters but these are white faced gauges that the owner before me had put in. I don't know who made them.
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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2010, 02:38:26 AM »

Dumb question, but did you accidentally dim them using a dial or button?
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2010, 02:40:33 AM »

Fuse?
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2010, 03:00:13 AM »

Dial works on everything except the gauge cluster..even the needles dim.

I thought if it was the fuse then even the needles would not light up. Is that incorrect?
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2010, 04:45:08 AM »

Come to think of it I dont think my ac controls are lighting up either.  Ill have to check that too. I hope he didn't leave the default green in there. I'd rather have blue.
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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2010, 01:35:37 PM »

Hard to know what they put on each fuse. But the fuses are an easy thing to check. Between the fuse box and the owner's manual should be able to pinpoint the fuses.
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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2010, 03:33:32 PM »

Besides the fuse check your plutonium levels for extra glow.....
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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2010, 03:49:17 PM »

 Tongue

I checked the fuses. All seem ok. Called the local Ford dealer. They said $89 diagnostic fee and then from there. Guess I'll just swing it by next week.
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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2010, 06:06:25 PM »

I checked all the fuses when the fan in my wife's dash stopped blowing heat. They were fine, so we took it to our gas station mechanic. Turned out she'd kicked a wire loose under the dash. Cost us $45 to have him plug it back in. (We also had some other minor work done, so I didn't mind paying for an hour of labor).

I hope yours turns out to be equally simple. Too bad you have to use a dealership.
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« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2010, 11:23:54 PM »

Quote from: Punisher on March 12, 2010, 03:33:32 PM

Besides the fuse check your plutonium levels for extra glow.....

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Step 4: (Optional) Get a Mr. Fusion installed in your car.
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« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2010, 07:50:38 PM »

Quote from: Daehawk on March 12, 2010, 03:49:17 PM

Tongue

I checked the fuses. All seem ok. Called the local Ford dealer. They said $89 diagnostic fee and then from there. Guess I'll just swing it by next week.

Under the dash and under the hood?
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« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2010, 08:02:17 PM »

Nuke them from orbit.  It's the only way to be sure.
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« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2010, 08:28:23 PM »

I bet it's a rat's fault.
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« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2010, 08:39:31 PM »

Quote from: Hamsterball_Z on March 13, 2010, 07:50:38 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on March 12, 2010, 03:49:17 PM

Tongue

I checked the fuses. All seem ok. Called the local Ford dealer. They said $89 diagnostic fee and then from there. Guess I'll just swing it by next week.

Under the dash and under the hood?

yep yep.
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